Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Interview with Amber "TIff" Stockton

Tiffany Amber Stockton is an author, online marketing consultant, and web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart, and their baby daughter in Colorado. They also have a vivacious Border Collie mix named Roxie. Amber has sold eight books to Barbour Publishing with more on the horizon. Other writing credits include five short stories for Romancing the Christian Heart, and contributions to Grit for the Oyster and 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage. Her goal in writing is to convey the message that God is always present, even during the most difficult circumstances. Read more about her at her web site: www.amberstockton.com.

1. How has being published changed your life?

It has given me a new leash on life, so to speak. Now that I’ve sold and am starting to establish readers, I’m receiving feedback on how my books have touched their lives. It’s an amazing testimony to read how the words I’ve written have spoken to someone who has read them. God has given me this gift, and I’m thrilled beyond words to have the opportunity to use this gift to His glory.

2. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

Well, that all depends. If you’re asking why I write historical fiction, it’s because I’ve always been fascinated by history and the people who have gone before us. But history class bored me to tears. So, I love telling those stories through the eyes of people who lived it. Bringing it alive to my readers and perhaps helping them gain a better appreciation or understanding is a welcome challenge.

Now, if you ask why I write romance, that’s because I enjoy the process of taking God’s love for us and turning into a ‘happily ever after’ story. If you believe in God and His promises, you know that no matter how bad things get, there is hope, and things will get better. Romance, for me, allows me to demonstrate that hope. I depict characters enduring what might appear to be impossible situations. By going through them and rising above them, especially in regard to relationships, the characters glimpse that hope and experience the happy ending.

3. Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?

Oh, that’s easy. July 28, 2007 when I married the love of my life, Stuart. The next is the day we celebrated the birth of our first child. We are proud parents to an 8-month-old little girl, and life is fantastic. The next happiest day would be when I sold my first book in December of 2006.

4. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?

Trust. The past few months have been a bit rough with the economy and seeing a lot of my design business decline. People are cutting everywhere they can, and a web site is an expense that can wait for most. Plus, income as an author is sporadic. But, regardless, God always provides, even if it’s just a few extra dollars to get us through the next day. I have a tendency to be concerned about paying bills, but God is telling me to trust Him. He’s got it all under control and He will provide. My security is not in my job. It’s in Him. And it’s a daily process for me.

Thank you, Amber, for a glimpse into your life. I've enjoyed all of your books and know your readers will be thrilled with Copper and Candles and your newest one, Patterns and Progress.


Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Wow! No comments yet? Or have they just not been approved? I'll keep checking back.

But thank you, Martha, for hosting me here on your blog today, and for your amazing review of my book. With your permission, I'd like to feature it on my web site as well.

Kathy said...

Hi Martha and Tiffany!
I am a newbie to ACFW and to WWW the Pikes Peak Chapter where I met Tiffany recently.
First thing I want to share is that I got a copy of Liberty's Promise and just gobbled it up. I write historical fiction and am a nut for authenticity in historical mores and language especially and I just loved these three books. Tiffany knocks it out of the ball park in every way.
Next, browsing on the loop this morning I read Martha's encouraging words and found it really helpful. So I am following your blog, Martha!
I can't tell you both how uplifting and inspiring you both are. When the Army brought my husband and I to Colorado Springs and I started meeting Christian authors for the first time, it opened a incredible door for me - a new chapter in my journey. I thank you both for your work and your love for the Lord.